Alex Larwood in fine form at round four of the SAMX Champs
Thomas Larwood slotted into second place on his YZ250F
Taj Gow Smith made the podium again on his YZ85

SA GYTR YJR Close in on State Champs

27 Jul 2017

Round four of the South Australian Motocross Championships was held at Andy Caldecott Park at Keith, with a bit of rain leading into the weekend the track was in prime conditions for racing.

The boys came into the round fit, healthy and ready to go as Alex Larwood returned from his broken collarbone so we had a full team for the weekend.

On his return to racing, Alex picked up exactly where he left off, tearing away from his competition to dominate the days’ racing on board his YZ85 and YZ125 machines. He took three wins on each bike for the overall victories in both classes and the perfect six from six. This race meeting was a great hit out for Alex as he is heading to Estonia to represent Australia at the World Junior Titles next weekend.

"I felt good today. It feels like ages ago since I’ve raced but today went to plan so it was a great hit out for me. I had to race my practice bike in the 85cc class as my engine and suspension is all packed to head to the Worlds, but it did the job and I had an awesome day,” Larwood said.

Thomas Larwood came into the round with the points lead but this is a track that Thomas injured himself at the last time we raced here so there were some mental demons to deal with. He rode well but the nerves showed as he rode a little cautious on the track. He still managed to pull 3 holeshots and lead each moto but finished with 1-2-2 results to finish second for the round and only lose three points to his championship rival.

"I am a little disappointed in my riding today but I was nervous coming back here. I have finished the day in one piece and battled hard in all the races, so it wasn’t too bad and I am placed well as we head into the final round,” said Thomas.

Taj Gow Smith came to Keith with one thing on his mind, getting himself another podium finish. With the return of his team mate, Taj set out in moto one chasing Alex around in second place before something happened to his bike and it stopped. Taj got it going again but had fallen back to 10th place but he knuckled down and charged back to sixth place.

Moto two Taj chased Alex again but this time he kept himself in 2nd all the way to the end. Moto three was the best race of the day, after a bad start Taj put his head down and charged his way through the field. He showed aggression and skill as he pushed his way up to third missing second by a bike length and with that he took third overall for the day.

"I am stoked with today as I wanted a podium and I got it. I would love to have finished second to Alex for a team 1-2 and that would have been awesome. My bike was so good today, it got me two holeshots which makes things easier," said a very happy Gow Smith.

SA Team Manager Shane Metcalfe was extremely pleased with the lads today.
"It was great to see Alex back on the track and he rode unreal. He is ready for the World Titles and I hope he can show everyone just how good he is over there.

Thomas rode nervous but did a great job and rode solid all day, Keith cost him a title two years ago, when he had a huge crash. It’s always hard going back to a track where you have bad memories but he did a great job.

Taj rode unreal this weekend, it’s by far the best I’ve seen him ride and there is still more to come from the 'Boy from the Bush,” commented Metcalfe.

With one round remaining tin the championship, all three riders are looking good and determined to finish the season on a strong note.

SAMX Championships -Round Four Results
12-U16yrs 85cc BW
1st Alex Larwood – GYTR YJR

2nd Kai Newbold- KTM
3rd Taj Gow Smith – GYTR YJR

13-U16yrs 125cc
1st Alex Larwood – GYTR YJR

2nd Zackariah Wright – KTM
3rd Noah Coad – Yamaha

13-U16yrs 250F
1st Travis Edwards – Honda
2nd Thomas Larwood – GYTR YJR
3rd Noah Coad - Yamaha

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